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FERGUSON, Adam.

Geschichte des Fortgangs und Untergangs der Romischen Republik.

Leipzig: M. G. Weidmanns, 1784-86 Stock Code: 98845
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First edition in German. "During 1782 and 1783 Ferguson helped found the Royal Society of Scotland. His three-volume History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, narrating the rise and fall of the republic as a story of civic virtue and its corruption, appeared in 1783. The book was warmly received in Scotland, where excerpts were published in the Caledonian Mercury and the Scots Magazine. It won praise from Edward Gibbon, and went through two more English-language editions in 1799 and 1813. In the mid-nineteenth century it was still favourably mentioned by John Stuart Mill and reissued in the United States, where Ferguson's spirited discussion of Rome's republican heyday appealed to two generations of readers. Two French translations appeared in Paris, in 1784-91 and in 1803-10. A German translation appeared in Leipzig in 1784-6" (ODNB).

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Description

4 volumes, octavo (204 x 116 mm). Contemporary German half tree calf, spines gilt banded at head and tail, red labels, marbled paper sides in emulation of tree calf, yellow edges, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

6 folding engraved maps.

Condition

Lengthy Latin inscription on preliminary blank of volume I (dated 1808). Remains of old library paper label on spine of volume I, bump to spine of volume II, otherwise an appealing set.

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